Lent is often seen as a time when people “give things up”. This comes from the practice of fasting and careful preparation for baptism at Easter, which once took place. It is associated with the period of 40days which Jesus spent in the wilderness, preparing himself for his ministry. We no longer endure fasting for several days to help us in our spiritual journey but it is no less important for us to be spiritually focused and obedient to God. It is only when we cut out the background noise and listen to God’s voice that we can begin to turn our hearts and minds in the right direction. So use this Lent, as a time to get yourself spiritually fit, you know you will feel the better for it.

Since March of last year, we have had to sacrifice so many things, visiting families, meeting for coffee, holding Guild meetings, going to Church. It has been very difficult and worrying for many but our sacrifices come willingly because sooner or later we hope to get back to some sort of normality. Good people make sacrifices for others and sacrifice is part of our Christian faith.

We sacrifice our lives daily as we live with the impact of Christ’s sacrifice for us. As we draw near to the season of Lent and Easter we remember the ultimate sacrifice that our Lord did on the Cross for each and every one of us. How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure.

The date, now past, of 14th February is well known as St. Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine Day is a day of love, a day of romance.

1 Peter ch. 1 v 22 makes a strong connection between love and the heart, but it’s not the kind of connection that sells cards and flowers on Valentines Day. The main words of this verse reads, “Love one another deeply, from the heart”.This almost sounds like what you would find in a card, but in fact, the meaning is much difference from the normal cards.

The love we find in 1 Peter ch.1 v 22 is a special sort of love, a love that flows from commitment and conscience, a love that perseveres in good times and in bad. Be persistent in loving, even when it’s hard. Choose to love because you know it’s right. “Love divine all love’s excelling”